Vaccination Advice

Vaccination Advice

Vaccination has revolutionised control of infectious disease in our pets. It is essential that all pets are adequately vaccinated to help protect the pet population as a whole. Responsible pet care requires puppies and kittens to be given their initial course of vaccinations, but this does not protect them for the rest of their lives. Adult dogs and cats require regular booster vaccinations to maintain immunity against disease. Its important to also note that rabbits and ferrets also require regular vaccinations! An equally important part of the vaccination is the health check with each visit.

Following vaccination your pet may be a little quiet or off-colour for a day or two, or may have some slight swelling or tenderness at the injection site. Access to food and water and a comfortable area to rest are usually all that is required for a quick recovery. However, if the response seems more severe, you should contact us for advice.

If you’re uncertain about your pets current vaccination status, please speak with our Staff to discuss your vaccination needs. If you have a number of concerns to discuss at the annual check-up and vaccination, we recommend booking an extended consultation.

Young animals are ‘temporarily’ protected against disease by antibodies received through their mother’s milk. However, these maternal antibodies decline in the first couple of months of their lives and until they drop sufficiently they can also neutralise vaccines. This is why a series of vaccinations is necessary for puppies at specific intervals. These visits are also the perfect time to discuss diet, grooming, parasite control, pet insurance, general wellness and training with your vet.

We recommend the C5 vaccination for all pups – this protects against three life threatening viruses (Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus), and Canine cough. Canine cough is a condition that can be caused by a variety of bacteria and virus. It is a misconception that it can only be contracted at kennels (hence the common name of kennel cough). In fact canine cough can be contracted anywhere that dogs can come into contact or use shared water bowls. How many vaccination visits your pup will require will depend on their age and any previous vaccinations they may have had.

Please see our Puppy Care page for further information.

Young animals are ‘temporarily’ protected against disease by antibodies received through their mother’s milk. However, these maternal antibodies decline in the first couple of months of their lives and until they drop sufficiently they can also neutralise vaccines. This is why a series of vaccinations is necessary for kittens at specific intervals. These visits are also the perfect time to discuss diet, grooming, parasite control, pet insurance and general wellness with your vet.

We recommend at minimum the F3 vaccination for all kittens – this protects against Feline Panleukopenia, Feline Herpesvirus and Feline Calicivirus. If you intend for your kitten to be outdoors and free-roaming we also recommend vaccination against FIV or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. How many vaccination visits your kitten will require will depend on their age, projected lifestyle and any previous vaccinations they may have had. Please see our Kitten Care page for further information.

We recommend the C5 vaccination for all dogs – this protects against three life threatening viruses (Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus, also known as C3), and Canine cough. Canine cough is a condition that can be caused by a variety of bacteria and virus. It is a misconception that it can only be contracted at kennels (hence the common name of kennel cough). In fact canine cough can be contracted anywhere that dogs can come into contact with each other or by use of shared water bowls.  There is the option to administer the C3 component of your dogs vaccination with either a 3 yearly vaccine or an annual vaccine when they reach adulthood, however canine cough vaccination is recommended to be given annually. Your dogs vaccination needs can be discussed with our veterinarians at the time of your appointment.

Additional vaccinations may be required for international travel – please see our Travelling with Pets page for further information.

We recommend at minimum the F3 vaccination for all cats – this protects against feline Panleukopenia, feline Herpesvirus and feline Calicivirus. If your cat is outdoors and free-roaming we also recommend vaccination against FIV or Feline ImmunoDeficiency Virus. FIV is a virus that is spread by cats that fight – it is transmitted via bite wounds. Your cats vaccination needs can be discussed with your veterinarian at the time of your appointment.

Additional vaccinations may be required for international travel – please see our Travelling with Pets page for further information.

Currently the only vaccination available for pet rabbits in Australia is against Calicivirus, a potentially life threatening virus that spreads via the air. Young rabbits should be vaccinated against Calicivirus by 12 weeks, then given a booster annually for life. There is no vaccine available for Myxomatosis in Australia. The vaccination visit is an excellent opportunity to discuss the best nutrition for your rabbit, as well as other health advice. Please speak with our Staff regarding the current recommendations for Calicivirus vaccination in pet rabbits. Please see our Rabbit Care page for further information.

Ferrets can be susceptible to a virus known as Parvovirus. In Australia there is no commercially available vaccination made for ferret Parvovirus, however giving a partial dose of canine Parvovirus vaccine is an acceptable and well established ‘off label’ alternative. Please speak with our Staff regarding the current recommendations for Parvovirus vaccination in ferrets. Please see our Ferret Care page for further information.